The Norwegian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ms Ingebjorg Stofring says while a number of countries are availing funds to support the constitution making process currently underway in Zimbabwe, the donor community do not have the mandate to dictate to the people of Zimbabwe how the process should be conducted.Ms Stofring made the remarks after paying a courtesy call on Vice President, Cde John Landa Nkomo at his Munhumutapa offices in Harare.
The ambassador who was accompanied by her deputy, Mr Tor Haug was deployed to Harare in December and todayâ€™s meeting was her first with Cde Nkomo.
Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Ms Stofring said her country has made it clear that while it is not a member of the European Union, it is ready to engage Zimbabwe.
She added that when Norwayâ€™s Deputy Minister of International Cooperation visited Zimbabwe in December last year, her country made a commitment to support the unity government in the implementation of the GPA and is also availing funds towards the constitution making process among various other projects.
Second to pay a courtesy call on Vice President Nkomo was the Malawian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Professor Richard Phoya.
Professor Phoya who was in the company of his deputy, Mr Greene Lulilo Mwamondwe, reflected on Zimbabwe and Malawiâ€™s common history dating back to the Federation of Northern and Southern Rhodesia and Nyasaland and castigated the continued meddling in internal affairs of Malawi and Zimbabwe by former colonial masters.
Professor Phoya has been representing his country Malawi since August and todayâ€™s meeting was the first with Cde Nkomo.
Professor Phoya said the two countries share excellent relations and a road that connects Blantyre and Mulanje is named after the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe as a recognition of how he has articulated the concerns of people in the region.
He added that a number of projects are in the pipeline, among them the simplified trade regime to be launched by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) soon which aims to mainstream cross-border trade from informal to formal and enable both governments to have better data for improved planning and policy making.